Justin McCurryJuly 25, 2009 10:31Updated May 30, 2010 13:03
TOKYO — The last time Joe Coombs came to Japan, it was as a prisoner of a militarist state. During the final weeks of World War II, he was imprisoned on the southern island of Kyushu and forced to mine coal, unpaid and in appalling conditions.
By the time Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, he weighed just 99 pounds.
Sixty-four years later, as Japan prepares to mark the anniversary of the end of the war, Coombs has returned in search of justice.